Northwestern University has held onto its 12th place ranking on the U.S. News list of top national universities for the third straight year.

The list, published today, shows NU just one point away from being on the top 10 list of schools in the popular but controversial ranking.

Northwestern University has held onto its 12th place ranking on the U.S. News list of top national universities for the third straight year.

The list, published today, shows NU just one point away from being on the top 10 list of schools in the popular but controversial ranking.

The magazine slightly tweaked its rating scheme this year, as detailed in a report from Inside Higher Ed.

NU scored two points higher on the magazine’s 100 point scale this year, putting it just one point short of three other schools, including the University of Chicago, that tied for ninth place.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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